I was talking about the local eagles with an acquaintance. He was aware that the eagles lived nearby but did not know where the nest was located. It turns out that he has a real nice Nikon with a huge telephoto lens. We walked over to the viewing spot and he shot a few pictures this morning. He shared these two with me.Do back yard raptors fit in this category?
The picture is of a Bald Eagle nest (aerie for you crossword puzzlers) that is located about 400 feet from my property in a suburb a few miles north of Seattle. The nest is located in a mature cottonwood tree and it was photographed about a month ago before the tree fully leafed out. This view from the west is now fully blocked by the leaves. I have since found a few public locations with peek a boo views from the north of the nest. I do not have the proper lens for my camera to photograph from these locations. I can see the nest fairly well with hand held binoculars and can see an eagle in the nest almost constantly. I am almost certain that the eagle I see is Mrs. Eagle tending her young. I plan to set up a more powerful sporting scope on a tripod to see if there are some little ones in the nest but the best viewing location is in the middle of a street and poses a bit of a risk of being hit by a car.